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How to Spot Impaired Drivers

Impaired drivers are a hazard—not only to themselves, but also to their passengers and other drivers. Many factors can cause impaired driving, including drugs, alcohol and even severe fatigue. Whatever the cause, it is important to report any suspected impaired drivers to the police by calling 911.
When you call, tell the operator you would like to report an impaired driver, and be sure to mention all the details you can about the vehicle:
  • Make and Model
  • Color
  • License Plate Number
  • Exact Location and Traveling Direction of the Vehicle
  • Type of Odd Behavior

The sooner you make the call, the less time that driver has to endanger others on the road.

Signs of Impaired Driving

  • Drinking alcohol in the vehicle
  • Failure to turn on headlights at night
  • Drifting, swerving or weaving
  • Illegal or sudden turning
  • Turning within an unusually wide radius
  • Nearly striking other cars or objects
  • Sudden or erratic braking
  • Driving with the face close to the windshield
  • Driving much slower than the posted speed limit
  • Rapidly accelerating
  • Tailgating
  • Driving in the middle of the road, or with the left tires on the centerline
  • Responding slowly to traffic signals


Tips to Prevent Impaired Driving

  • If you go out drinking, assign a designated driver (DD) for your group.
  • Call a rideshare or taxi service to get to and from a party that serves alcohol or drugs.
  • Let friends stay overnight if you can’t find them a sober ride home.1

Remember, drinking responsibly could save your life and the lives of your friends!

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1 Center for Disease Control and Prevention (2018). Impaired Driving: Get the Facts.